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Cruise Lines To Plug In Ships, Finally
More than a year ago, Brooklyn's Red Hook cruise ship terminal was to become the first East Coast cruise operation with the capability to let ships "plug in" and access power off the grid. A year later, ships have still not plugged in to cleaner, shore-side electric power and continue to spew fumes due to a $4 million price increase along the way. Now, Port Authority officials say they will approve the project and get going on it this month.
"The shore power project I expect will be on the Port Authority agenda for the June meeting," Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye told the New York Daily News. "We're working with our colleagues in city government to see what help they can provide and those discussions are ongoing. The environmental impacts to the local community – obviously it is an immensely populated area – are real and we're focused on them."
Concerned parties including state and local officials, Con Ed, Carnival Corporation and owners of ships that will use the facility, worked and debated for years to figure out how much electricity would cost and how to pay for it, before finally announcing a deal last April to split the cost.
"It will be the equivalent of removing 5,000 cars per year from the road annually," Seth W. Pinsky, the president of the city's Economic Development Corporation told the New York Times.
In California, the ports of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco already have the ability for ships to plug in.
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